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Train derails, explodes in Saskatchewan

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Queen’s University environmental policy expert Warren Mabee can comment on the protest in Montreal where activists chained themselves to a fence at Enbridge’s Montreal headquarters. They were protesting the National Energy Board approving a plan that would see 300,000 barrels of crude pumped from Alberta to Montreal.

He can also comment on the derailment and explosion near Wadena, Saskatchewan which forced the evacuation of a small town – and new concerns about safety.

“Montreal has concerns about the emergency response plans and the plans to protect waterways in case of a spill,” says Dr. Mabee. “These are serious concerns and should be addressed by Enbridge before the project is declared to have met its conditions for approval.  At the same time, we have major oil shipments running through our cities by rail; transport Canada has just reported on engineers falling asleep at the switch, and there was a major derailment/explosion/evacuation in Saskatchewan. Cities need to think about ways to evaluate these projects and find the safest way of moving products through their borders – it’s a major safety concern.”

Please note Dr. Mabee is not available for interviews until noon.

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